Flight Deck (California's Great America)

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Flight Deck
Flight Deck at California's Great America.jpg
Previously known as Top Gun
California's Great America
Park section Orleans Place
Coordinates 37°23′53.10″N 121°58′18.63″W / 37.3980833°N 121.9718417°W / 37.3980833; -121.9718417Coordinates: 37°23′53.10″N 121°58′18.63″W / 37.3980833°N 121.9718417°W / 37.3980833; -121.9718417
Status Operating
Opening date March 19, 1993
General statistics
Type Steel – Inverted
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Custom
Height 102 ft (31 m)
Drop 91 ft (28 m)
Length 2,260 ft (690 m)
Speed 50 mph (80 km/h)
Inversions 3
Duration 2:26
Capacity 1330 riders per hour
G-force 4.5
Height restriction 54 in (137 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Flight Deck at RCDB
Pictures of Flight Deck at RCDB

Flight Deck is a steel inverted roller coaster located at California's Great America in Northern California. Built by Bolliger & Mabillard, Flight Deck made its debut March 19, 1993 as Top Gun.[1] This was Bolliger & Mabillard's second inverted coaster behind Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Great America. The third inverted coaster from Bolliger & Mabillard opened a little under two months later at Six Flags Great Adventure. Flight Deck at California's Great America isn't quite as tall, nor as fast or long (in length) as its partner, Afterburn at Carowinds.

Flight Deck was also featured in a commercial for Excedrin in 2007.


The Park opened the ride in 1993 as the first custom B&M Invert. The roller coaster opened as Top Gun. The color scheme when it opened was all black. In 2008, the name has changed to Flight Deck and in 2014, the color scheme changed to red track and white supports, possibly to support Levi's Stadium.[citation needed]

Ride experience[edit]

The ride begins with a small right-hand turn followed by the lift hill. The drop at the top of the hill begins with a sharp left turn. After the drop, there is a vertical loop. The ride then performs a 3/4 turn to the right followed by a Heartline Spin. There are a couple mild turns. After this, there is a small drop immediately followed by a corkscrew loop and a Flat Spin over a nearby pond . The ride features another 3/4 turn, this time to the left. Finally, the train turns right into the loading station.

Ride elements[edit]


  1. ^ Marden, Duane. "Flight Deck (California's Great America)". Database Entry. Roller Coaster Database. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 

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